Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines Monday 18th March 2019

Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines

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How to clean headphones, earbuds
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Regular maintenance is important when it comes to the longevity of belongings. With that being said, when was the last time you bothered to clean your headphones or earbuds’ If you are the type to wear headphones or earbuds for brief periods only after a shower, maybe it is not that big a deal. As
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APC rejects INECs decisions on Rivers, Bauchi
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
PDP says itll win polls Olusola Fabiyi and Kamarudeen Ogundele The All Progressives Congress has rejected the Independent National Electoral Commissions decision to resume collation of results in Rivers and Bauchi states ahead of supplementary elections declared in six states. The commission had fixed March 23 for supplementary elections after declaring the governorship elections in
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Supplementary elections: Without intimidation, APC has no support, says PDP
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party has alleged that the All Progressives Congress does not have the support of Nigerians outside intimidation by security agents. It said this would play out in the forthcoming supplementary elections scheduled to hold in six states on Saturday. The states are Plateau, Kano, Sokoto, Adamawa, Bauchi and Kano.
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Supporters ask Daniel to lead them to APC
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta Barely 24 hours after a former governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel resigned from partisan politics, hundreds of his political supporters on Sunday prevailed on him to rescind the decision. The supporters who cut across all the local government areas in the state, asked him to, instead, lead them to the All
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No nation can grow with rigged elections Obi
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the February 23, 2019 Presidential election, Mr. Peter Obi, has said that no nation can grow with rigged elections. He said that the process through which people come into office is far more important than what they do thereafter. The process of
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LASG reads riot act to landlords, developers
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Samson Folarin The Lagos State Government has said landlords and developers who refuse to vacate their structures marked for demolition risk losing them to the state. A three-storyed building had collapsed last Wednesday at Ita-Faaji, on the Lagos Island, killing people, including schoolchildren. The state Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Rotimi Ogunleye, while
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Stick to Lagos master plan, don urges Sanwo-Olu
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
A lecturer at the Faculty of Education, University of Lagos, Mr Aaron Akinloye, has advised the Lagos State governor-elect, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to stick to projects in the initial master plan of the state. Akinloye, who gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Sunday, said the state
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Fake news poses grave danger to democracy, says Buratai
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Samuel Nkemakooem, Yenagoa The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said the increasing cases of electoral violence can be blamed on fake news. Buratai spoke in Bayelsa State when he led military commanders, traditional rulers and other stakeholders to inaugurate projects at newly-established barracks of the 16 Division of the Nigerian Army named
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Methodist Church moves to reclaim hospital from Kwara govt
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Tunde Oyekola the Methodist Church of Nigeria has said it will take actions towards reclaiming the General Hospital, Afon in the Asa Local Government Area of Kwara State, which the state government took over from the church about forty years ago. Rt. Reverend Simeon Onaleke disclosed this on Sunday during his enthronement as the seventh
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Inconclusive elections, a consequence of politicians misconduct
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Having endured an avalanche of criticisms following the initial postponement of the presidential election, the Independent National Electoral Commission was also not spared after the conduct of the elections came with logistical and security issues. The controversy that followed the declaration of the presidential election result also left the electoral commission at the mercy of
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The 2019 Budget: Opacity as the norm
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Eze Onyekpere <span class=”__cf_email__” data-cfemail=”6f0c0a011c00052f08020e0603410c0002″>[emailprotected]</span>; 08127235995 The Nigerian budget has over the years been a budget of mystery. It has been a ritual where public funds denominated in millions, billions and lately trillions, are reeled out to a bewildered citizenry, who with mouth agape wonder what these figures represent because at the end of every year, the
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Lagos building collapse: Another avoidable tragedy
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Ayo Oyoze Baje There must have been tears in heaven -and torrents of it! That is, for the 10-year-old school boy who died on his birthday; the traumatised parents, including one Mrs. Adedayo Adedoyin who lost one of her twin daughters, other voiceless victims as well as the owner of Ohen Private Nursery Primary School,
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Babalakin faults South-West free education policy
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Oladimeji Ramon The Pro-Chancellor, University of Lagos, Dr Wale Babalakin (SAN), has described the 1979 free education policy in Western Nigeria as one of the saddest events in Nigerias history. According to him, Western Nigeria embarked on a free education policy without the resources to fund it. Babalakin argued that while there was nothing wrong
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OML 11 licence not revoked, NPDC becomes operator May 2
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
The licence of a joint venture partner in Oil Mining Lease 11 has not been revoked as speculated but stakeholders are concerned about the recent presidential directive on the operatorship of the oil block, OKECHUKWU NNODIM reports The licence for Oil Mining Lease 11 has neither been revoked nor withdrawn from Shell Petroleum Development Company,
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Raid on Onnoghens farm, plan for fresh charges CUPP
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja the Coalition of United Political Parties on Sunday alleged that the Saturday raid on the farm of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, was done in preparation to filing a fresh charge against him. It said the raid was meant to afford the security agencies the opportunity to hunt for
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Peacock, Turkish airline partner to boost cargo, airfreight
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Mudiaga Affe Peacock Aviation and Allied Services Limited, in collaboration with Turkish Airlines Cargo, has agreed to deliver efficient and on-time cargo services in order to boost Nigerias airfreight subsector. The strategic partnership with the Turkish mega carrier follows year-long negotiations, which culminated in the appointment of Peacock Aviation as its sole appointed cargo agent
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VGN member killed, 10 others wounded in communal clash
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Bola Bamigbola, Osogbo One Folorunsho Olufemi, a member of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria was on Saturday killed during a crisis that erupted between Yakoyo and Moro communities, both in Ife North Local Government Area of Osun State. Ten other people sustained injuries during the clash that took place on the parcel of land that
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COREN appoints Joseph Odigure as registrar
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria has officially announced the appointment of Prof Joseph Odigure as the new registrar of COREN effective March 2019. According to COREN, Odigures appointment was confirmed at the councils 160th Ordinary Council Meeting that was held in December 2018. Odigure takes over from Kamila
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Engineers move against residential, industrial electrical fire
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Society of Engineers has called for proactive measures in preventing fire incidences in residential and commercial buildings. The NSE, Apapa Branch, during a workshop on Effective selection and wiring for residential and industrial purposes, said there was a need for people to begin to use the right cables during building construction.
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Only government can end building collapse, say experts
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
ask LASG to suspend building construction on Lagos Island Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Except the government makes a commitment to go tough on enforcement of relevant laws, the scourge of building collapse may not end soon, experts in the built environment have said. They noted that the cause of the recent collapse on Lagos Island which claimed
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332,000bpd crude production grows NNPCs profit by N12.13bn
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has recorded a trading surplus of N12.13bn, the monthly financial and operations report of the firm for December 2018, which was released on Sunday in Abuja, has stated. According to the report, the profit by NNPC was due to the positive swing to higher revenue numbers posted
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Building collapse: Insurers partner states to enforce cover
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Nike Popoola The National Insurance Commission and the insurance companies have said they are working with the fire service in all the states and the state governments to enforce the insurance of public buildings. The building insurance is one of the five compulsory insurance policies that was introduced almost a decade ago under the Market
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Run-offs: Buhari wont change results to favour you, Presidency warns APC candidates
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
INEC, security agencies meet Tuesday over polls John Ameh, John Alechenu,Olufemi Atoyebi, Friday Olokor,John Charles and Ted Odogwu The Presidency on Sunday warned the All Progressives Congress candidates in states where supplementary elections would hold on Saturday that President Muhammadu Buhari would not manipulate the Independent National Electoral Commission in their favour. It also warned
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Investors lose N291.5bn on sustained profit-taking
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Feyisayo Popoola Investors in the Nigerian Stock Exchange lost a total of N291.5bn last week as the equities market witnessed sustained profit-taking and selling pressure. Bearish sentiments dragged the stock market lower, despite positive earnings releases of some companies. Analysts at Afrinvest Securities Limited said they observed that profit-taking and selling pressure persisted across most
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Community petitions NDDC over abandoned N40m water project
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Ochei Matthew The indigenes of the Ekwuoma community in Ika North-East Local Government Area of Delta State have petitioned the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission over the abandoned N40m water project in the area. The leaders of the community disclosed that the project was initiated in 2007 by the NDDC and intended
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Osun gov orders integrity test on weak buildings
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Osun State Government says it will carry out integrity test on houses suspected to be weak to prevent building collapse. Governor Gboyega Oyetola gave the directive at the weekend, following last weeks collapse of buildings in Lagos and Ibadan. The Supervisor for Works, Mr Remi Omowaiye, said in a statement on Sunday
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Catholic Church does not support IVF Fr. Nnemeka
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Samson Folarin The parish priest of St. Cyprian Catholic Church, Oko-Oba, Agege, Rev. Fr. Augustine Nnemeka, has said it is wrong for members of the Catholic Church to go for In Vitro Fertilisation in order to have children. The cleric also noted that impotence was enough ground to dissolve a marriage, as he urged intending
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NERC faults power distributors estimated billing
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Femi Asu Electricity distribution companies have not effectively implemented the methodology for estimated billing issued by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, the regulator has said. The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, NERC, Prof James Momoh, who described the methodology as a scientific method to estimate electricity consumption, said it was aimed at bringing fairness to customers who
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UBAs earnings rose to N494bn
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Nike Popoola United Bank for Africa Plcs gross earnings grew by 7.0 per cent to N494bn at the end of 2018 financial period from N461.6bn in the corresponding period of 2017. In a statement, the 2018 financials filed at the Nigerian Stock Exchange showed that the bank recorded growth across major lines. The banks total
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LCCI cautions govt over forex ban on textile imports
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Samuel Awoyinfa The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry has advised the Federal Government to reconsider the Central Bank of Nigerias ban of forex to textile importers. It argued that given the position of Nigeria in Africa as a leader in fashion, the range of fabrics produced by the Nigerian textile industry could not support
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Buhari didnt need NJC to appoint me Acting CJN
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, has claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari does not need the permission of the National Judicial Council to appoint him as the acting CJN. Muhammad made the claim in response to a query given to him by the NJC, the body constitutionally empowered to
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CBN, Travelex to enhance BDCs role in economy
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Nike Popoola The place of Bureau De Change industry in the economy of Nigeria cannot be over-emphasised because it plays important roles and the government has special interest in the activities of operators in the sub-sector. Travelex Nigeria Limited stated that it was determined to assist the operators make informed assessment of their activities in
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Major shake-up as army redeploys 21 Generals
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Nigerian Army has approved the redeployment of no fewer than 21 General Officers Commanding, brigade commanders and others, saying the action is for greater efficiency. A statement released on Sunday by the acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa, said the army redeployed the commanders of 33, 23, 34, 16
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Union Bank, FMDA assess factors to influence economy
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Nike Popoola Union Bank has said it expects the economy to be influenced by a number of trends on the global and local scenes, and that the Financial Markets Dealers Association plays a relevant role in the financial sector. In a statement, the Head of Corporate Banking and Treasury, Union Bank, Mr Emeka Okonkwo, was
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Slain Oyo Rep for burial May 2, family demands justice
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Ademola Babalola, Ibadan Following the completion of coroner inquest into the murder of the lawmaker representing Lagelu/Akinyele in the House of Representatives, Temitope Olatoye, his burial has been fixed for May 2. Olatoye, popularly known as Sugar, was killed by unknown gunmen on March 9 during the governorship and House of Assembly elections in the
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O & O Networks denies forfeiture order against Ecobank
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
O & O Networks Limited has refuted reports claiming that the Federal High Court made a forfeiture order against Ecobank Nigeria Limited and ETI. In a statement on Sunday, O & O Networks Limited said since the lawsuit referred to in the reports was filed in 2006, it had not proceeded to trial, while the
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Plateau APC, PDP back INEC on gov poll rerun
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
James Abraham, Jos Ahead of Saturdays governorship rerun in Plateau State, the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party in the state have said they will comply with the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission to hold the supplementary governorship poll. The Chairman of the Media and Publicity Committee of the state PDP
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Old Mutual seeks women empowerment with insurance
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Nike Popoola Old Mutual has said insurance will help women with unique plans to realise their savings dreams, and also get claims payment if they suffer an accident. In a statement, the Marketing and Customer Executive, Old Mutual, Alero Ladipo, said that the organisation was committed to promoting gender parity at all levels just as
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Success viral video: Delta threatens to sanction school head, others
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri The Delta State Government has said it will punish anyone found culpable in the viral video that shows a schoolgirl, Success Adebor, reportedly sent home over her parents failure to pay for her second term examination and books. The video of Success, a primary three pupil of Okotie-Eboh Primary School 1, Sapele,
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SUNU sets growth plan
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Nike Popoola SUNU Assurance Plc has said it is determined to grow its business consistently over the next five years to become one of Nigerias 10 largest underwriting companies. The Managing Director, SUNU Assurance Plc, Samuel Ogbodu, disclosed this at a press conference in Lagos. He said the company had experienced a remarkable turnaround since
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Osun, China to partner on mining, agric, ICT, others
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Dayo Ojerinde and Abiodun Nejo The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Zhou Pingjian, has said the Republic of China will assist in lifting the socio-economic development of Osun State through collaboration in infrastructural development, education, agriculture, mining and commerce. Pingjian gave the indication of his countrys readiness to work with the state government during his
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Technology relevant to operational efficiency STI boss
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Nike Popoola The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc, Mr Olaotan Soyinka, has said that technology has been very instrumental to the organisations continued growth trajectory in recent times. He said this while speaking during the companys transformation retreat in Lagos. Soyinka posited that the business model currently being run by the organisation
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Only 10 parties will survive deregistration by INEC Falana
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Oladimeji Ramon A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, has said the Independent National Electoral Commission does not need any further amendment to the Constitution to be able to trim down the 91 political parties to the barest minimum. He also said if INEC followed the constitutional provisions on deregistration of political parties, not
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Akinlade heads for tribunal, writes US, UK, EU to monitor process
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Tunji Bosunand Deji Lambo The governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement, Adekunle Akinlade said he is heading for the Election Petitions Tribunal to challenge the victory of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the state, Dapo Abiodun. Akinlade stated this in a statement issued by his media aide, Azeez Adelani on
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Catholic bishops decry resurgence of killings, destruction of property
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Ogbonna Casmir, Enugu The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria has decried the resurgence of killings and destruction of property in some parts of the country while the government remains helpless. The bishops regretted that the culture of killing was becoming a norm in the country, warning that the persistent devaluation of human life and property
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Adamawa supplementary election to hold in 14 LGAs
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Muhammad Auwal The Independent National Electoral Commission says the governorship supplementary election in Adamawa State would be conducted in 14 local government areas of the state. Mr Kasim Gaidam, the states Resident Electoral Commissioner told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Yola. Gaidam said the election would be conducted in 29 wards (Registration
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Declare Rivers gov poll result, Ijaw leader tells INEC
Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Sampson Itode AN Ijaw leader, Sukubo Sara-Igbe, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to declare the result of the March 9 governorship elections in Rivers State and resolve the political logjam surrounding the poll in the state. Sara-Igbe stated that the African Action Congress candidate, Biokpomabo Awara, was leading before the process was suspended
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